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UberSlow Internet Browsing


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#1 vayne24

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 12:50 PM

Hello!
as you can read, my internet browsing has become as slow as a snail. everything else is normal (download speed, video stream, etc.) I'm using both firefox and opera and both gave the same results. I also tried google chrome but well... no luck.
I had bought a new wireless router (D-link DIR-300) and wired 2 computers to it.
I tried unplugging one of the computers from the router but then nothing happens, still slow. By Slow I mean it takes 10-30 minutes to load a single page. I can't even log in into my Yahoo Messenger.
I found a temporary solution though. I have to disable and re-enable my internet connection to speed it up. But then a few minutes later it goes back to being sooo slow.
I'm on windows xp sp2 anyway if that helps. My ethernet adapter is D-link DFE-528TX PCI Adapter is wired using a cat5e cable to the wireless router.

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 08:45 PM

I am thinking that this might be malware. Do you have any Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware installed on the system?

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 08:21 AM

I have eset smart security and malwarebytes

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 10:04 AM

Ok, I see that you said you have SP2. How long has it been since you've ran Windows Update?

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 12:18 AM

actually i have not done that yet...i just got the computer back from the shop after i had it fixed...

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 07:34 PM

It would be wise to run Windows Update as SP3 includes the lastest security updates.

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 04:05 AM

I've turn the windows update on and I only had 1 update download. It's something like package installer or something. I haven't had any other notifications yet so far

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 09:38 AM

"The Package Installer for Windows is used to install software updates for Microsoft Windows operating systems and for other Microsoft products. Software update 898461 installs a permanent copy of the Package Installer for Windows version 6.1.22.4 on the computer so that subsequent software updates can have a significantly smaller download size."
taken from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/898461

This means that the installer is the first thing you need. After that, you'll be able to get the updates.
Please go to Microsoft Update
and check to see if there are updates available to you.

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 11:33 AM

Let us know what all comes through!

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 12:10 PM

I've gotten more update afters a day or 2. Most of them were security updates and yeah now I'm in SP3 already. I also got that IE8 installer and flash player security or something like that. I guess it's better now though I can't feel the improvement that much.

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 06:05 AM

I guess It's fine now. it takes only seconds to load a page. Thanks for all the help!

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 09:48 AM

the problem came back again! at first I thought it was just because of the rain, but days after it is still slow!

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 10:24 AM

There are a lot of things that can cause the behavior you describe. One thing that is often over-looked is internet security.
I know this is a long-shot, but you could try it. In Control Panel, turn on the Windows firewall.
Uninstall eset. See if your system performance improves. If not, you can reinstall eset.
If it does, you'll need to either reinsall eset and live with the issue OR find another firewall and antivirus.
Suites are more prone to cause this issue than stand alone firewall and AV programs.
There is no one size fits all when it comes to computer security. What works for some may not work well for others.
Sometimes a program just doesn't play nice with a system.




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